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Lactarius rufus   (Red-hot Lactarius)
Family
Russulaceae
Location
North America, Europe
Dimensions
Cap 3-10 cm diameter, stem 4-8 cm tall * 0.5-2 cm thick
Edibility

Description
This small to medium-sized agaric has a dull reddish brown cap, creamy white gills and exudes milk.

Cap dry and velvety with a powdery matte texture and never sticky. It is reddish or bay-brown coloured, at first convex with inrolled margin, later flattened or slightly depressed typically with a small central umbo, Gills first creamy white, later more similarly colored as the cap, sub-decurrent, which means they travel partially down the stem and are fairly crowded. Spores are off white. Stem is similarly colored as the cap or more pallid, smooth and tapers off and darkens toward the base. The mushroom has no ring.

Similar species Lactarus hepaticus exudes white milk that stains yellow as it dries.

Lactarius rufus on the www.first-nature.com web site.



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